Statements of Faith and Academic Integrity: Can They Co-Exist?

by hamiltonmj1983

Another issue of an academic being relieved of his duties was published in Christianity Today this morning, which will hopefully bring this lack of academic integrity into a broader readership.

What is going on in religious colleges in America? Why are professors, even some tenured, losing their positions over disagreements over non-essential matters (such as this case, which involves an historical Adam and Eve, or even over the treatment of women in the Bible). Inside Higher Ed summed up the situation fairly well, when they said (describing a specific situation concerning Christopher Rollston and Emmanuel Christian Seminary) that he was “scaring off prospective donor.” I think that this is a primary reason for most of these schools to attack professors: they want to continue their revenue stream.

Why else would an institution of higher learning sacrifice academic integrity in exchange for the uncritical acceptance of blanket statements covering vast subject matter, that in the long run is not particularly important to the Christian faith (most people would agree that an historical Adam and Eve, accepting the fact women were treated as property in biblical texts, and even searching for the historical Jesus are not essential matters in the Christian faith)?

I, personally, want these institutions to know that unless they establish a stance of academic integrity and freedom, I would never send my son to attend their school. I would never want to attend or present at any conference held at any of their schools, and I certainly would never consider donating money to a school that takes such an immoral stance towards education.